I'v seen a couple of posts adding this line to their questions:

Standard loopholes apply

Shouldn't this be implicit for all questions? are we encouraged to edit these out?

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    \$\begingroup\$ There's a reason they're called standard loopholes. ;) \$\endgroup\$
    – Alex A.
    Sep 25, 2015 at 2:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ I didn't know there even were standard loopholes. What are they? \$\endgroup\$
    – recursive
    Sep 25, 2015 at 16:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ meta.codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/1061/… @rec \$\endgroup\$
    – Mohammad
    Sep 25, 2015 at 16:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ I agree with @recursive, I did a brief search and couldn't find the standard loopholes. \$\endgroup\$
    – neontapir
    Mar 7, 2017 at 20:14

2 Answers 2


Yes, they are implicit on all challenges, so the link isn't necessary. However, I don't think the link is actually harmful, especially since new users won't be aware that there is such a thing as standard loopholes in this community. So if a challenge includes the link every now and then that might even help in showing new users that they exist.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Ditto this - I like to link to standard loopholes just so that new users are aware, because we do still get loophole answers every so often. \$\endgroup\$
    – Sp3000
    Sep 22, 2015 at 12:14
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    \$\begingroup\$ Wouldn't there be a way to customize the "answer" box so that there is a warning about standard loopholes? \$\endgroup\$
    – coredump
    Sep 24, 2015 at 13:48

Standard loopholes automatically apply to all questions by default. It does not matter whether the question contains that particular text or not.


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